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Remote Alaska Volcano Emits Lava Flow, Ash Plume

Posted at: 08/14/2013 4:01 PM
By: MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press

U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Geological Survey

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A remote Alaska volcano is again oozing lava into its ice-filled caldera, but there's no cause for alarm for nearby residents.

Scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory say seismic activity and satellite imagery indicated Veniaminof Volcano was again emitting a low-level lava flow after a week's hiatus.

There also have been a few short ash plumes since the volcano began erupting in June. The largest of those happened Monday with a plume up to 12,000 feet before it quickly dissipated.

Veniaminof is in the Aleutian Islands, about 480 miles southwest of Anchorage. The closest village is Perryville, about 20 miles away. Timothy Kosbruck, a local official, says the village was socked in by clouds and fog Wednesday, and the volcano wasn't visible.

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